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Man who lost his leg in forklift accident awarded $17 million

A security guard in another state was patrolling a PennySaver USA facility when he was struck from behind by a forklift. The forklift driver was operating the vehicle in reverse.

OSHA fines demolition company after death at Fishkill Gap center

A distribution center for the Gap stores was destroyed by fire last year on Aug. 29 of last year On Dec. 10, a man operating an excavator as part of the demolition was killed. A 100-foot section of roof truss or joist slid loose and rammed into the excavator, piercing it. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined his employer for a serious safety violation.

Changes in workforce demographics will affect workplace injuries

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that workers aged 65 and older are working longer rather than retiring. In fact, they are expected to represent the fastest growing labor group through 2024. The number of employees between the ages of 25 and 54 is expected to rise at a substantially lower rate during that period. Part of this is due to a drop in the birth rate since the Baby Boom. Part likely has to do with retirement savings losses during the Great Recession keeping many people from retiring as expected.

Contractors cited after construction crane boom hits power lines

A general contractor and two subcontractors have been cited for six serious and willful workplace safety violations after two construction workers were injured last year. A crane boom came into contact with high-voltage power lines, and approximately 14 kilovolts of electricity shot down the crane's hoist line to the men working below.

BLS: 121 people died in workplace fires and explosions in a single year

Even though most people feel relatively safe while at work, the truth is that countless workplace accidents occur every day -- some of which caused by extreme events such as fires and explosions.

What would you do if a robot injured you on the construction site?

Robots are gaining traction in every industry. The fastest-growing sector of robotics is called "cobots," or collaborative robots, and they're being introduced even faster. Robots have been around since the 1960s, but cobots can do much more than mere robots. They've even tried using them as security guards.

Is workers' comp the only option following a construction accident?

If you ever suffer a serious on-the-job construction injury, you may be left unable to work and facing long-term medical treatment. While workers' comp may be able to help cover some of your expenses, the truth is that many injured workers may be entitled to more than just workers' comp -- especially if their injury was caused by a third party.

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